The Captive (2014 film)

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The Captive
The Captive poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Produced by
Written by
  • Atom Egoyan
  • David Fraser
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by
  • Ego Film Arts
  • The Film Farm
Release dates
  • 16 May 2014 (2014-05-16) (Cannes)
Running time 140 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

The Captive, formerly Queen of the Night, is a 2014 Canadian thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan and co-written with David Fraser. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, and Alexia Fast. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]


Cassandra ws a local girl who was kidnapped eight years ago, with many not knowing why. Now a small number of people are out to find the answers as well as find Cassandra after some clues appear suggesting she may be alive.



The shooting of the film began in February 2013 in Sudbury, Ontario.[3] Ahead of its première on 16 May 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, distributor A24, in partnership with DirecTV, purchased the U.S. rights to the film.[4]


The first official US trailer for the film was released on 10 July 2014.[5]


Before its release, the film has been received negatively. Justin Chang from Variety described the film as "a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into previously un-entered realms of self-parody".[6] Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian commented "it looks worryingly as if Egoyan has taken a serious issue and burdened it to breaking point and beyond with his own indulgent, naïve and exploitative fantasies".[7] Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times compliments moments when the film "hints at emotions and mysteries with a delightful subtlety for a while", but remarks that it includes "some wild plots and conspiracies that wouldn't be out of place in the most fantastical spy novel".[8]


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